Where's That Local Farm?

Legislation under consideration in Hartford would make it easier for people to find farms in Connecticut.

Cherry Grove Farm is located in Newtown, Conn. Credit: Gary Jeanfaivre
Cherry Grove Farm is located in Newtown, Conn. Credit: Gary Jeanfaivre

More signs could be popping up around the state under a bill proposed in Hartford.

SB-311, An Act Concerning Certain Farm Related Designations On Highway Signs, would expand existing law to allow directional and other official signs or notices pertaining to farming that is part of state’s agricultural tourism within the 600 foot area of interstate, primary and other limited access highways.

State Rep. Mitch Bolinsky (R-Newtown) is one of the bill's backers. It was introduced by the Environment Committee and is co-sponsored by state Sen. Art Linares (R-33).

“We in the legislature need to do our best to support our state local agricultural enterprises and contribute to the health and viability of Connecticut's rural economy," Bolinsky said. "This bill could help consumers find the farms they wish to visit, especially farms in Newtown and the surrounding greater Danbury region.”

According to Agriculture in the Classroom, there are nearly 5,000 farms in Connecticut. Some other interesting facts from the organization:

  • Connecticut’s top five agricultural commodities in 2008 were: greenhouse & nursery, dairy products, chicken eggs, aquaculture, and tobacco.

  • Connecticut agriculture adds $5.1 billion dollars to the state economy annually.

  • 60% of the land area in Connecticut is in farmland, open space and forest: an important natural resource base and enhancement to the environment. 

According to the Connecticut Farm Bureau Association, agriculture is continuing to grow in Connecticut, with on-farm retail operations one of the fastest growing segments of agriculture. These farms are welcoming the public onto their farms and providing a combination of family entertainment and expansion of the CT Grown experience, a press release from Bolinsky's office states.

Bolinsky says the legislation is aimed to further the Buy CT Grown mission, which is to link Connecticut's food and agricultural community — including farmers, consumers, restaurants — and to celebrate and promote Connecticut grown farm products, grow the local economy, and enhance the quality of life in our state.

Map of Connecticut Farms

Today, you can search farms by county and products on a website created by UConn.

Paul Chotkowski March 21, 2014 at 11:21 AM
"Signs, signs, everywhere there's signs, F****' up the scenery, breakin' my mind, Do this, don't do that, can't you read the sign!" I prefer the full chorus. The good news is we have a new CSA in the Farmington Valley. they did it without a CGA sign law, and they ARE NOT a tax dodge for the rich. Consider buying a share at http://subedgefarm.com/CSA
Lisa Wildman March 23, 2014 at 03:30 PM
I really enjoyed the Oxford Farmers Market that was started new in 2013 here in Oxford. I would hope that our local community will continue to provide a regular venue for our local farmers to sell their produce and wares. Thank you to the farmers who came out during a very hot summer in Oxford to provide fresh goods and start something new and exciting in Oxford. Awesome fresh goat cheese, eggs, broccoli, apples, onions, fresh cut flowers, corn, squash, the list goes on and on....
A. G. P. March 24, 2014 at 09:57 AM
Seems like the rd is the one place we should accept signs since we need both to get to new places
A. G. P. March 24, 2014 at 10:00 AM
And most people agree that stagnation isn't good.
Edith Reimers April 21, 2014 at 09:48 AM
btw Cherry Grove Farm is FOR SALE! Hope it stays as a farm.


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